Thin on left-side depth and experience, the LSU baseball infield found chemistry in the fall _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Trey Dawson (10) throws to first during the Purple and Gold World Series, Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Rising sophomore infielder Trey Dawson is leaving the LSU baseball program, coach Paul Mainieri confirmed in a text message Saturday afternoon.

Dawson, a West Virginia native, is transferring to Chipola College in Florida.

“He is a fine young man and I wish him the best,” Mainieri said in a text message. “He made a decision for what is best for his career and I respect that.”

Dawson was a highly regarded recruit who served as LSU’s starting shortstop on opening day last season, but he never really found his footing and was quickly supplanted in the starting lineup.

Dawson finished his lone season at LSU starting four games and appearing in 23 others. He had two hits in 18 at bats and committed three errors in 29 fielding opportunities.

Kramer Robertson eventually shifted over to shortstop and turned in an All-American season, batting .324 with 39 RBIs while playing stand out defense at the premium position.

Even with the loss, Mainieri likes where his infield stands going into next season.

“We have a solid infield returning with Kramer Robertson and Cole Freeman leading the way,” Mainieri said. “With Chris Reid also returning and new infielders Josh Smith, Jake Slaugher, Nick Coomes and Zach Watson, we will have good quality depth for second base, shortstop and third base.

“The competition this fall should be intense.”

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